Pediatric Eye Exams in Fargo

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Eye Exams Are Easy As 1-2-3

We believe that vision care is essential to the growth and development of your child. Whether it’s sports or school, they’ll only excel if they can see their goal.

A simple vision screening isn’t enough. One-third of vision screenings fail to detect vision disorders or eye problems in children. A comprehensive examination that includes an ocular health assessment is needed for a more thorough assessment of your child’s all-important sight.

If your child feels anxious about their appointment, don’t worry. Dr. McCulley & Dr. Motacek  puts children at ease. They speaks directly to them without making them feel rushed or nervous. Most kids tell Dr. McCulley & Dr. Motacek  that their eye exam was fun!

Book their eye exam at McCulley Optix Gallery today!

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InfantSEE Assessments

Dr. McCulley participates in the InfantSEE program. Through this program, an eye exam is provided at no cost for infants in their first year of life. The American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your child’s first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months.

Much like babies learn to walk and talk, they also learn to see. They aren’t born with fully-formed vision. They acquire it over time.

In the first few months of life, an infant’s vision develops rapidly. The eyes start working together, and they begin to focus on faces. Depth perception and a 3D view of the world begin around the age of 5 months. At about 1 year old, babies have learned to judge distances quite well.

It’s important to make sure these infant vision milestones are progressing the way they should.

Book an InfantSee assessment today, and we’ll help work toward your child’s best vision.

Measure Those Milestones

By the time they’re in school, children should have well-developed visual skills. They should be able to see at a range of distances, from being able to look at the board in the distance and a book in front of them.

Their eye tracking ability should allow them to move their eyes along a page of words or follow a moving target like a basketball or baseball. Hand-eye coordination and visual perception should also be developed.

Sometimes, children who have vision problems are misdiagnosed with learning or behavioral problems like ADHD. Issues in school might indicate that your child needs a comprehensive eye exam. Often, a new pair of glasses or vision therapy can get them back on track.

What Happens At A Pediatric Eye Exam?

After making sure your child is at ease, Dr. McCulley or Dr. Motacek will proceed with the eye exam. A series of tests will evaluate their depth perception, color vision, eye muscles, and whether or not they need glasses (visual acuity).

Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

A muscle condition called strabismus, commonly known as crossed eyes, can result in eyes that are not properly aligned.

Strabismus usually develops in infants and very young children. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that strabismus will go away on its own. It may get worse without treatment or lead to amblyopia (lazy eye).

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

If the brain and eyes aren’t communicating properly, amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, might occur. It usually develops before the age of 6. Symptoms are not always obvious, but if you notice your child squinting, tilting their head regularly, or shutting one eye, they need a comprehensive eye exam. 

If amblyopia isn’t detected early, treatment can take longer and might be less effective.

Assisted By The Latest Technology

Pediatric eye exams include Optos imaging. This advanced retinal imaging takes an ultra-widefield photo of the retina, optic nerve, and delicate ocular blood vessels. A detailed view of these structures helps us to diagnose any potential vision-threatening conditions in their infancy. 

We also employ RightEye, a software that observes eye tracking. It helps us see eye movement patterns in a way that the traditional “follow my finger” test simply can’t. RightEye is a great tool for determining whether vision therapy is needed.

Set Them Up For Sight

Whether they need glasses or vision therapy, we’re here to help your child’s eyes reach their full potential. From infants to teens, Dr. McCulley is looking forward to caring for your entire family. Book an appointment for your child today.

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Where to Find Us

You can find our practice in the second building of the South Creek Shopping Center, next to Verizon Wireless. You can enter the shopping centre by turning onto 25th Street from 32nd Avenue and turning again on Kirsten Lane South.

Our Address

2553 Kirsten Lane South
Fargo, ND 58104

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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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